[kwlug-disc] The sweet(?) smell of power supplies

John Kerr johneddie.kerr at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 14:56:18 EDT 2014


Some people are allergic to new cars, perhaps the answer is an off lease
computer that has been run for a while.

John


On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com> wrote:

> PC hardware question, not specific to Linux, but some of you folks may
> have ideas.
>
> My partner has some rather significant allergies and sensitivities.  She
> also needs to replace her 12-year-old desktop computer.
>
> In general electronics tend to be okay for her, but the power supply seems
> to be a stumbling block.  New power supplies smell really bad, triggering
> her sensitivities.  And they're blowing that bad air into her living space.
>
> Does anyone know of a retailer that sells power supplies that she'd be
> able to crack open a bunch and give them a sniff-test?
>
> Is there somewhere we can look at used power supplies, preferably from
> hopefully neutral office environments (rather than, say, the homes of
> smokers or pet owners)?
>
> We're not entirely sure what it is in the power supplies that is
> triggering her.  We know that the PVC wiring is bad (I'm not holding out
> much hope, but if someone knows of a manufacturer that coats their wires in
> something other than PVC, that would be very useful to know).  But we've
> tried a bunch and haven't come up with much luck.
>
> Any suggestions would be helpful.
>
> Thanks!
> Darcy.
>
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